Australia is currently craving for a win after its fresh defeat by team England. The six time World Cup Champion are all set to face Indian eves County Ground, Bristol tomorrow. Aussie girls lead in head to head comparison. Team Australia have won 8 times while India have won only twice, in Women’s World Cup.
Rewind the clock to 2009 World Cup where Indians won two back to back matches, at Australian edition of the World Cup. Mithali, Jhulan, Punam & HarmanPreet are the survivors of that unbelievable world cup victories. The recipe, simple – get the best batters in for 50 overs and launch attack from first ball of the innings. Back then, wicketkeeper opener Anagah Deshpande unleashed her cuts, pulls and rattled the attack. Anjum Chopra joined the party and ambushed with a gritty 76 as player of the match.
Tomorrow, Indians need Mandhana & Mithali Mayhem. Mithali Raj will have to emerge from her first golden duck of her career and focus on most coveted achievement of the highest scorer in the world after scoring 34 runs.
A big match player, Mithali and Jhulan who currently are the highest wicket taker in the world. Never in the history of One Day Cricket – have both, highest wicket taker, and most run scorer played in the same team.
Indians are fairly lucky with the toss, they have won three toss out of five encounters. They have to bat in as they have been lucky with Worlds No 1 team. During India’s 2016 tour of Australia, Mandhana and Mithali scored India’s second highest partnership of 150 runs. Harmanpreet should raise to the occasion and justify her being in the team as a senior all-rounder. Batting looks deep till number 9 but they have to continuously rotate strike a tough, considering Indian are playing their first match at Bristol against the fierce bowling attack. Statistically, in the 25 games of this World Cup team reaching 250 runs in the first innings have won the match except in Sri Lanka Vs Australia game.
Australians are slithering in pain from the recent 3 runs defeat by English on Sunday. The pain is overbearing as this is the first loss to England in last 24 years in a World Cup. Meg Lanning leads the batting attack for six time World Champ Australians. The experienced campaigner in her 21 outings at the world cup has scored 1232 runs with a staggering average of 72. Australia also has with it Kristen Beams, the best bowler in the World Cup, with 9 wickets at 16.22.
The bowling has to be special tomorrow, like in 2009 when leg spinner Reema Malhotra and left arm spinner Gauhar Sultana stifled Australians and won by 16 runs. Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma will have to tweak a more and deceive frequently and hope Sushma Verma does the rest behind the wickets.
India currently at number three in pool, will hope to secure win and move swiftly towards the classification round. After this match India plays New Zealand in the final round robin match and hope to secure better win and run rate. This World Cup can turn a dream swansong for Mithali & Jhulan and the team is rallying hard to secure a memorable farewell to both legends as they walk sunset of their career. This Indian Vs Australian game will determine the fate of Indian women cricket for next decade.